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Nov 11

Lord, the armed forces have not treated my family so well, but I DO appreciate the people who have put up with the military long enough to have had a chance to serve our nation well — including my sister. Thank you for the experience my children had, and thank you for providing at least one member of our family that had an overall positive experience. THANK YOU that I do not have to figure anything out myself, don’t have to make anything happen except for what is in my own personal control — my own attitude and behavior and projects (and the last one limitedly). Please help me hold onto JOY despite this cold, cold weather, and please help us get everything ready and LEAVE this northern cold in the next several days and safely make it back to Texas before it gets even colder down there, lol.

 
1 Corinthians 9:7-19 ERV

No soldier ever serves in the army and pays his own salary. No one ever plants a vineyard without eating some of the grapes himself. No one takes care of a flock of sheep without drinking some of the milk himself. 
These aren’t just my own thoughts. God’s law says the same thing. 
Yes, it is written in the Law of Moses: “When a work animal is being used to separate grain, don’t keep it from eating the grain.” When God said this, was he thinking only about work animals? No. 
He was really talking about us. Yes, that was written for us. The one who plows and the one who separates the grain should both expect to get some of the grain for their work. 
We planted spiritual seed among you, so we should be able to harvest from you some things for this life. Surely that is not asking too much. 
Others have this right to get things from you. So surely we have this right too. But we don’t use this right. No, we endure everything ourselves so that we will not stop anyone from obeying the Good News of Christ. 
Surely you know that those who work at the Temple get their food from the Temple. And those who serve at the altar get part of what is offered at the altar. 
It is the same with those who have the work of telling the Good News. The Lord has commanded that those who tell the Good News should get their living from this work. 
But I have not used any of these rights, and I am not trying to get anything from you. That is not my purpose for writing this. I would rather die than to have someone take away what for me is a great source of pride. 
It’s not my work of telling the Good News that gives me any reason to boast. That is my duty—something I must do. If I don’t tell people the Good News, I am in real trouble. 
If I did it because it was my own choice, I would deserve to be paid. But I have no choice. I must tell the Good News. So I am only doing the duty that was given to me. 
So what do I get for doing it? My reward is that when I tell people the Good News I can offer it to them for free and not use the rights that come with doing this work. 
I am free. I belong to no other person, but I make myself a slave to everyone. I do this to help save as many people as I can. 

 

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